Looking Natural In Front Of The Camera

“Just act natural”

It's so much easier said than done when you are in front of a camera and trying to look natural while feeling a little awkward and maybe even a little insecure. If it helps to know, even top models need some help to look and act more natural in front of the camera.

There's no need to be nervous going into your photo shoot, with a little bit of practice in front of a mirror and these tips you'll be feeling confident and relaxed from the very first click!

Looking Natural In Front Of The Camera

Have Something to Hold

Be mindful of where you put your hands, as they can sometimes be the one thing that is most difficult to place.  For some reason, it always feels awkward just having them at your side so if you think it will help with your confidence, bring something to hold onto. Flowers, a book, a musical instrument or even a scarf - anything that is significant to you can be the perfect addition to your shoot.

Smile Naturally

A forced smile stands out a mile and faking it doesn’t work.

You want a look that is flattering and confident and one of the best ways to achieve this is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The corners of your mouth will naturally draw up and it won't look forced at all.  If in doubt, don’t force it.  Your smile will shine through when you need it to.

 Looking Natural In Front Of The Camera

Wear Something Comfortable

You need to ensure that what you are wearing during your photo shoot makes you feel comfortable and confident.

If you aren't feeling comfortable this will show through in your images no matter how hard you try. Put some thought into what you will wear.  Make sure your outfit compliments your style and body shape.  This will ensure that you feel fabulous and enjoy your photo shoot.

For more tips on what to wear, see our blog – How to dress for a photo shoot


While your photographer will help to direct you in how you should sit or stand it's a good idea to know a few simple tricks when it comes to posing.

First, just about everyone has an asymmetrical face and most often one of the eyes is slightly larger than the other. You want to turn the side of your face with the slightly larger eye towards the camera. This will help balance out the face.

Second, stick your neck out slightly. This helps elongate the neck and will eliminate the dreaded “double chin” that many people have.

Third, and optional, cross your feet at the ankles. This elongates the body and adds a little depth to your images.

Think Happy Thoughts

Before you go into your photo shoot you want to have an image, joke or happy story in the back of your mind. During the shoot, you'll want to recall on these thoughts to help bring out your genuine smile. If you start to get nervous, remember your happy thought and you will instantly begin to relax and feel more comfortable.

Here's an example of before and after using a few tips to look natural in front of the camera:

Black and white portrait of family kneeling on a couch and before given tips to look natural in front of the camera
Before a few tips on looking natural in front of the camera.

Black and white portrait of family kneeling on couch, after getting tips on looking natural in front of the camera.
After a few tips on looking natural in front of the camera.

An unofficial tip, but important, be in the moment and enjoy it for what it is.

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